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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Jets open to making significant trades before draft?

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The New York Jets have already spent more money this offseason than any team in NFL history under the current collective bargaining agreement, and they may not be done making impactful moves just yet.

ESPN’s Rich Cimini is convinced that the Jets want to move down from their No. 3 spot in the upcoming draft, whether that means acquiring additional draft picks, players, or both. While they have made some huge signings, the Jets still have needs along the offensive line — particularly at center — as well as outside linebacker and cornerback. They only have six picks in the draft and one in the top 68, so Cimini believes general manager Mike Maccagnan will try to at least recoup a second-round pick.

New York is already set at the quarterback position with Sam Darnold. While the temptation to draft an immediate impact player like Nick Bosa could be strong, there will undoubtedly be teams looking to move up the board to draft a QB. The Jets would be silly to not listen to offers.

In addition to possibly trading down from No. 3, the Jets could shop 2016 first-round pick Darron Lee. They signed inside linebacker CJ Mosley to a five-year, $85 million deal earlier this offseason, so there has been talk that Lee has one foot out the door.

We know at least one player who is unhappy with the way the Jets have done business this offseason, but they appear to be committed to trying to break out of their recent funk. If New York can’t win more than five games for the first time since 2015 after spending all that money, heads are going to roll.

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